Sunday, July 28, 2013

Deaths on the Golf Course

People die on golf courses. It's not that uncommon, really. Lots of people die, lots of people golf, it's bound to happen. Sometimes it's a heart attack or some other medical issue; more rarely, it's the result of the actual playing of golf - someone gets hit in the head by a golf ball, for example. Other times it involves criminal activity - assault, murder.

And sometimes the person who dies on a golf course is a celebrity or a famous golfer.

Kidd Kraddick is the latest celebrity golf course death. Kraddick was a radio DJ who started in Texas, then went into syndication. He later was added to the television show Dish Nation. Kraddick died during his own charity golf tournament in New Orleans; cause of death has not yet been released. He was 53 years old. At the time of his death, his Kidd Kraddick In the Morning radio show was carried on more than 100 stations in the United States.

The most famous celebrity to die on a golf course was surely Bing Crosby. The legendary crooner dropped dead on October 14, 1977, at La Morajela golf course near Madrid, Spain. He was on the putting green following the completion of a round of golf when a massive heart attack felled him. According to legend, his last words were "That was a great game of golf, fellas."

Gene Sarazen died on a golf course. So did Tony Lema, killed in a plane crash when the plane tried to make an emergency landing on a golf course. Former PGA Tour Mike Reasor apparently died of a heart attack while playing a regional PGA golf tournament.

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